Martin Jarvis

Last updated 09 January 2020

Martin Jarvis
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Martin Jarvis

Born: Monday 4th August 1941 (age: 82)


Martin Jarvis is an English actor.

Jarvis has had three main roles in Doctor Who. He played Hilo, one of the Menoptera in the 1965 story The Web Planet, Butler in the 1974 story  Invasion of the Dinosaurs, and The Governor in the 1985 story Vengeance on Varos.

Jarvis was born in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Jarvis has had a long association with the BBC, particularly BBC Radio 4. He performs regularly in radio dramas and readings, both comic and serious.  In America, Jarvis and his wife Rosalind Ayres perform frequently in audio drama with the L.A. Theater Works and Hollywood Theater of the Ear.

Jarvis became a familiar face on television when he played Jon in the BBC's landmark 1967 adaptation of The Forsyte Saga, the lead in a BBC serialisation of Nicholas Nickleby (1968), Uriah Heep in the 1974 BBC version of David Copperfield and the male lead in the sitcom Rings On Their Fingers (1978-80) with Diane Keen. 

In 1993 he starred with Ewan McGregor and Rachel Weisz in the BBC adaptation of Scarlet and Black. He also appeared in the 2002 BBC children's miniseries Bootleg.